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Accepting a Settlement after a Car Accident

Always Consult an Attorney before Signing Anything

Settlement after a Car AccidentWhen you’ve been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, your first course of action will typically be to contact your automobile insurance provider. That’s particularly true in New Jersey, where the no-fault auto insurance laws mean that your own carrier has responsibility for many of the damages, regardless of who is at fault. But don’t be misled—your auto insurance carrier is a for-profit business. One of the ways they maximize their profits is by paying as little as possible to settle a claim. As a consequence, you can expect that they’ll look for ways to delay, deny or diminish your injury and loss claims.

One of the more subtle ways an insurance company can take advantage of you is by offering a fairly quick settlement. You may be impressed that they’ve acknowledged responsibility so expeditiously, but you need to be careful. The dollar amount may seem significant, but it’s important to take a careful look at what’s being reimbursed. The insurance company has extensive experience with all types of motor vehicle accidents, and knows both the obvious and the potentially hidden costs of a car crash. Often, the more debilitating injuries that arise out of a motor vehicle accident are the ones that take a bit more time to develop—muscle, ligament, and other connective tissue injuries are a good example. You won’t have that experience or knowledge to fully protect your interests, but a proven personal injury attorney will. In addition, an attorney won’t have any vested interest, other than maximizing your recovery.

Accordingly, before you sign, agree to, or accept anything from an insurance provider, retain experienced and effective legal counsel.

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For a free initial consultation, contact our office online or call us at 973-993-8787. We have office locations in Morristown and Newton, but will visit you in your home or the hospital, if necessary.

We take all motor vehicle accident claims on a contingency basis. You will not incur legal fees unless attorney Popper recovers compensation for your losses.

Prior results are no guarantee of a specific outcome in your case. Your results may vary based on your particular facts and circumstances.